Congregants from Oconee Street Methodist held services in another church on Sunday.
Roughly 70 members of Oconee Street United Methodist Church gathered yesterday in the transformed gymnasium of Young Harris UMC for Sunday service. “Last week we met in our building on Oconee Street, and today we meet here on Prince Avenue,” said Oconee Street UMC Pastor Lisa Caine in the opening to the service. “Not much remains of our building, but our church is strong.” Caine noted how in the aftermath of the fire, the church’s large gold cross hanging on the front wall of the sanctuary remains virtually untouched amidst a collapsed roof and charred debris. “The cross still stands, and we still stand,” she said. The service – the first for Oconee Street since the April 15 blaze – followed an often-emotional children’s Sunday school …
The Red Cross is providing assistance and an account has been set up for the family at a local bank.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, February 19
A family of four, two house guests and a dog escaped a burning Cleveland Road home early Saturday morning, but lost most of their possessions in the blaze. According to a story in the Athens Banner-Herald, the homeowner, David Bass of Bass Landscaping Company, sustained burns to his forehead and fingers but no one else was injured. Firefighters used pumper trucks to dump an estimated 100,000 gallons of water onto the structure, the newspaper reported, adding that the cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross is assisting the family and an account for the “Bass Family Fire Recovery” has been set up at Athens First Bank & Trust, according to the article. Subscribe to the Athens Patch Newsletter, like us on Facebook, follow …